Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (157)

Derek Nolan

Question:

157. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding an application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied); the time-frame for conclusion of the same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21664/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned made an application for residency in the State on the basis of being the spouse of an EU National who was exercising her EU Treaty Rights in this State on 31 March, 2010. This application was refused and the person concerned was notified to this effect by letter dated 29 September 2010. The refusal decision was subsequently reviewed and the initial refusal decision was upheld and the person concerned was informed by letter dated 21 March 2011.

On 18 November, 2011 the person concerned submitted an application for Zambrano. All representations submitted, including those relating to the possible relevance of the Zambrano Judgement to the case, will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

The case of the person concerned is amongst many to be considered at present and it is not possible to provide a specific indication as to when this case will be finalised.

The Deputy should note that as the person concerned has no current right of residency in the State, he would not be in a position to meet the lawful residency criteria applicable to persons applying to my Department for a Certificate of Naturalisation.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.